Doc Makes Deliveries

Whether you are practicing “social distancing” or just craving your favorite ice cream, a So-Good or need a cake for a family party, Docs delivers to your home. Click your nearest location below to be taken to Cafe Runner to place your order. more >>

Almond Caramel

Cooked in small batches to blend sugars, butter and cream creating an ambrosial symphony of caramel and almonds, bathed in the music of a milk chocolate aria. Bravo! more >> #HowWeMake #AlmondCaramel

Parlor Locations

We have 10 locations in central California including company-owned parlors in Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and Chico. Visit our Locations >>

Making Memories

We welcome kids of all ages to enjoy our Creamery Tours to learn all about how ice cream is made.

Birthday Cake

Cake Batter ice cream with rainbow sprinkles. Doc’s Signature Birthday Cake ice cream works great as a scoop, shake, or try our ice cream cakes. It is perfect for any party, celebration or just a day that needs a little pick-me-up.

Waffle Cones

Waffle cones are made fresh daily with a smile in all of our parlors. You can enjoy these tasty treats every day you visit our ice cream and chocolate parlors. more >> #HowWeMake #FreshMade 

Community Events Arroyo Grande Community Hospital

Doc Burnstein’s supports a wide array of community events from Christmas Parades to Farmer’s Markets and building dedications to church gatherings … please complete an event support request and we’ll be in contact.

 

Featured Chocolate
Motor Oil Creme

Based on our most popular ice cream recipe, this coffee flavored treat is infused with Kahlua throughout the deep chocolate center. Detailed with dark chocolate coating. We welcome you into our parlors for a free chocolate sample.

Featured Ice Cream
Sea Salt Caramel

Caramel ice cream that combines the sweet with the savory. Sea Salt is infused in this Doc’s Signature flavor, and it brings you right to the Central Coast with its tastes. One of our most popular flavors. Come on into our parlors for a free sample.

What Our Guests Say About Us:

patrick zibell
patrick zibell
04:09 28 Mar 21
Delicious ice cream love,love,love the motor oil flavor
Maria Zibell
Maria Zibell
03:36 28 Mar 21
Great ice cream. Friendly staff. Hubby had the motor oil. Loved it!!!
Shayla Ogg
Shayla Ogg
22:54 23 Mar 21
Friendly staff. Lots of delicious choices. Loved the ice cream. My husband had a great shake.
Daniel Scott
Daniel Scott
00:28 22 Mar 21
It's been awhile since we've been here . We weren't disappointed. The ice cream was as delicious... as we remembered. Yum !read more
LoZGodinoZ Z
LoZGodinoZ Z
03:22 09 Mar 21
Very good ice cream. I always stop by on my way back from Lopez Lake
Les Merryman
Les Merryman
06:32 01 Mar 21
Nice experience, as always when I drive through on my travels. Easy access to and from the freeway.
Angelica Martinez
Angelica Martinez
02:59 21 Feb 21
The Ice cream is good. I like their banana split but they're always missing a topping. All in all... great ice cream and nice staff.read more
Jeannette Amerson
Jeannette Amerson
01:04 16 Feb 21
I had a Heavenly Vanilla shake made with buttermilk!! 😋
espresso
espresso
22:44 08 Feb 21
Delicious, I enjoyed the motor oil 👍🏻
Meño gutyrrez
Meño gutyrrez
03:43 11 Jan 21
Always whe we go to slo we have a pleasure stop in this place to take a delicious ice cream.My... little girl love this places 🍦🍦🍧🍨read more
ecofroggy love
ecofroggy love
23:27 02 Jan 21
The little lady that helped us was wonderful 👏 ❤
Christiana High
Christiana High
07:41 21 Dec 20
I ordinarily hate chocolate ice cream but the mandarin chocolate flavor was extraordinary. Staff is... really nice too.read more
Ed12many
Ed12many
08:49 08 Dec 20
Love the different flavor options, customer service is always a pleasure. Can't recommend enough.
Frank J
Frank J
23:14 09 Nov 20
Ice cream is quite good but pricey. $5 a scoop is a bit much.
Rachel Chadwell
Rachel Chadwell
05:15 29 Oct 20
2 favs- doc's Java chip and motor oil. stores is seasonal. rec is skip dinner and eat a banana... sloiff splitread more
Brian Neach
Brian Neach
05:04 25 Oct 20
This place is ridiculously good, even with COVID staffing/supply issues. I only get to come here a... few times a year when I visit my daughter at school, but I always make it a point to come visit "The Doctor.". The flavors are always interesting and the ice cream is high quality.read more
Chitoh Yung
Chitoh Yung
06:54 27 Aug 20
Took my SO for a sweet treat after a disappointing experience at another restaurant. Although we... left that restaurant in a bad mood, the wonderful customer service, short wait times, and absolutely delicious ice cream here at Doc Burnstein's made our night. We decided against the expensive dessert there and instead spent it on a scoop of Almond Fudge and Pecan. After the first taste, our shared lactose intolerance was the least of our worries. Some of the best ice cream we've had, and IMHO beat out the likes of McConnell's. Highly recommended!read more
Michael Arnswald
Michael Arnswald
00:08 07 Aug 20
Best ice cream ever! Love the Arroyo Grande location. Great set up for these interesting Covid... circumstances. Friendly service as always.read more
Kim Reimer
Kim Reimer
03:37 31 Jul 20
Ice cream and service is Fabulous. I always get two scoops and hot fudge. Yummy
Juan Ibarra
Juan Ibarra
01:19 26 Jul 20
Hands down , the best ice cream place to go when we visit. So good!!!
Charmayne Stine
Charmayne Stine
10:15 13 Jul 20
Ice cream & service was great! If in the area, my family & I will definitely visit again!
J Lynch
J Lynch
00:18 11 Jul 20
Best service at ANY ice cream place we've been! We had a great dine in time, it was clean, staff... was kind, and ice cream was YUMMY!!! THANK YOU! It's lovely to be able to stop in for a fun treat...takes us back to a simpler time 🥰read more
Joseph Marrs
Joseph Marrs
23:42 24 Jun 20
So excited to see that they're once again serving waffle cones. Got 2 scoops of my favorite flavor,... "straight to the dentist". If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend you do. Staff was friendly, and social distancing was maintained throughout my visit.read more
Blake Holland
Blake Holland
20:26 20 Jun 20
Great customer service especially from the gentleman named Marty. If anyone is around this place... please stop by here for some delicious sweet treats.read more
Beverly
Beverly
19:34 18 Jun 20
Yummy! Highly recommend!! We had their delicious mint ice-cream cake at a birthday party recently.... It was superb!! Delectable and fresh tasting! I still remember the first time I ate there and had their amazing Rocky Road! Ask for samples if you're unsure what to get. They have so many delicious flavors! I can't wait to go back!read more
Dion Isgro
Dion Isgro
11:27 06 Jun 20
What a lovely spot. My ice cream was so good. Was a great place to bring the family.
Alex Roma
Alex Roma
01:50 07 Mar 20
Good place to eat ice cream only you have to return the taste of Mexican chocolate.
Julian Lua-Lopez
Julian Lua-Lopez
01:35 07 Mar 20
Really great ice cream and shakes served here but what really did it for me, which I absolutely... recommend y'all try, was the Merlot wine infused ice cream! It just blew my mind away, the flavor combination is amazing and the smell itself from the said Merlot flavored ice cream is just phenomenal. Good work!read more
Eliza J.
Eliza J.
13:53 01 Mar 20
Thee sweetest spot to have thee sweetest dates. I do with my hunny, sons, friends, or single ;D.... These yummy encounters have been going on for 21 years....read more
Justin Durgin
Justin Durgin
04:59 28 Feb 20
Always a fun experience, with pretty darn good ive cream
April Long
April Long
02:49 26 Feb 20
Single scoop of bittersweet chocolate aka double chocolate ice cream. Hit my sweet tooth on the... spot!read more
Charmaine C.
Charmaine C.
15:27 24 Feb 20
This review is for Rachel's exceptional customer service! She was very inviting and super nice.
William Azevedo
William Azevedo
21:11 17 Feb 20
Always fantastic. Came here as a kid, been visiting ever since! This was the place to get a cone on... the way home from the local middle school with allowance, and the place to treat that special someone. The flavors change so it is always exciting for a stop by! I recommend this place to everyone! The prices are a little higher than a thrift shop but you cannot beat the quality and atmosphere.read more
CHRIS W
CHRIS W
04:43 15 Feb 20
Doc Bernsteins is great! Love all their flavors.They now have chocolates! Unfortunately...no cake... cones! Bring them back and you will get 5 stars!read more
Dorman Followwill
Dorman Followwill
04:58 02 Feb 20
Packed house, great ice cream, and signage that says "God Bless All" ... LOVE this place!!
Ron Huntington
Ron Huntington
16:05 29 Jan 20
Eccellant ice cresm parlor. Great ice cream. Recommend
Phil Coleman
Phil Coleman
22:00 27 Jan 20
Great ice cream from a local company. If you're in SLO county, you should get something at Doc... Burnstein's.read more
A F
A F
00:17 22 Jan 20
Ice cream is just as good as I remember from my college days!
Carlos Contreras
Carlos Contreras
12:44 16 Jan 20
Everytime we are in area kids want to stop in. Nice clean shop. Cool place!!!
Jose Cortes
Jose Cortes
05:39 16 Jan 20
This place is amazing! I always recommend everyone from out of town to go in and get a scoop or two.
Sierra Powell
Sierra Powell
05:13 13 Jan 20
I have always gone to this amazing ice cream shop! I remember my first time going I was grossed out... and exiting for my “motor oil” ice cream because it had such a fun name and was so good! I remember they used to make the waffle cones in front of you and when you got a French and warm one it was truest magical. They stoped making them in the front but I see the irons in the back every time I go!read more
Mason Clarke
Mason Clarke
00:01 12 Jan 20
The glass here is thick enough to resist the blunt force trauma caused by my forehead.
william s.
william s.
12:06 31 Dec 19
Needed a sweet/sugar fix after a disappointing dinner. Many, many positive Yelp reviews, so we... decided to give it a try. Located in a large & busy mall....read more
Tu Lam
Tu Lam
16:59 10 Dec 19
Fun place to get ice cream and people watch on the patio. I got the honey almond on a waffle cone.... The ice cream was delicious, the waffle cone was thick and about half way through, I really just wanted the ice cream.read more
Maribell Gonzalez
Maribell Gonzalez
08:14 28 Nov 19
Variety is the game here. They have flavors for everybody. The Taste was good but you can feel the... flour. But flavors are good.read more
Dan Horn
Dan Horn
15:45 27 Nov 19
A great place to take your small children or if you are into old school ice cream making it is... A-blastread more
chris w
chris w
15:46 26 Nov 19
Good ice cream, nice flavor, generous portions, maybe a little too much sugar vs other ice cream... places.read more
Declan G
Declan G
04:58 24 Nov 19
Ice cream is amazing. I love it. I bring new people into town here. Love it.
Patrick Chea
Patrick Chea
02:46 17 Nov 19
Great customer service. Cheery servers who enjoy ice cream and serve it with a smile. A single is... $4.99, and the portion is very generous. Heck, you can even get 50/50 and mix 2 flavors for the single price. Rotating monthly special flavors and unique creations (ie: Motor Oil, which is a Kahlua and chocolate mix) make this a great dessert spot in Downtown San Luis Obispo.read more
Ian M.
Ian M.
11:17 05 Nov 19
I really appreciate that this Doc Burnstein's location makes an effort to be similar to the... original. I really appreciate the booths in this one. It's...read more
Vic C.
Vic C.
16:43 18 Oct 19
This Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab is an easy find, off of Branch Street, across the street from a... parking lot and free curb parking available as...read more
Bonnie G.
Bonnie G.
11:08 14 Oct 19
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice scream....but I scream loudly for Doc Burnstein's Ice... Cream! This is what dreams are made of! Their ice...read more
jon daniel
jon daniel
02:46 02 Oct 19
I took the family and we all loved it. Great ice cream and great service.
Jedakiah Roper
Jedakiah Roper
19:12 15 Sep 19
Highly recommended if you're on vacation with the kids. Fun flavors.
Leanol321 Messy2
Leanol321 Messy2
00:56 14 Aug 19
We ALWAYS love going to Doc Bernstein’s! We’ve been going for years and years and never once... experienced anything other than exemplary customer service and delicious product! We could not possibly be bigger fans! We LOVE YOU GUYS!!!read more
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Irish Stout Ice Cream

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Doc’s brings you a creamy ice cream infused with real Irish stout. Made by local Brewery, Naughty Oak, located in Orcutt. Come celebrate at our local parlors. more >>


4-piece Doc’s Chocolate Box

Our new 4-piece box can be found at our parlors and a growing list of local partners. The box features 4 caramels: Almond Caramel, Chocolate Lava Salt Caramel, Doc’s Java Caramel & Super Cream Vanilla Caramel. more >>


Custom Ice Cream Cakes

All of Doc’s ice cream cakes are handcrafted on the central Coast. We partner with the best local artisan bakers and feature our top-selling Signature Flavors, bringing you only the best. more >>


Catering – Weddings & Parties

We’ll bring our “Mobile Ice Cream Parlor” to your party or event, serving ice cream or sundaes. Whether at home or a special location, we bring everything needed for groups from 50 to 5,000. more >>